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1 policeman, 8 gunmen killed in shootout in western Mexico

Prosecutors in western Mexico said Monday that one police officer and eight gunmen were killed in a shootout in the state of Jalisco.

The state prosecutor’s office said officers were patrolling the town of Jalostotitlan when assailants opened fire on them from several vehicles.

Following the gunfight, the dead gunmen were found inside pickup trucks and SUVs or on the ground around them. Three police officers were wounded in the shootout late Sunday.

The Jalisco drug cartel is active in the area. Also Monday, authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz said an eighth person — an inmate — died as a result of a weekend prison riot.

Six police officers died Sunday from smoke inhalation after prisoners started a fire while resisting an effort to transfer dangerous inmates out of the La Toma prison.

A seventh person, later identified as an inmate, also died Sunday, apparently as a result of a fight with another prisoner. Gov.

Miguel Angel Yunes said four “highly dangerous” inmates had been helping run criminal networks in the area around the La Toma prison in the town of Amatlan de los Reyes, so officials had decided to transfer them to a maximum-security federal prison.

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Iowa family of four found dead in Mexican resort town

Goes drug cartels are guilty?

Mexican authorities said there are no indications of violence in the deaths of four members of an Iowa family found in a condominium where they were vacationing near the resort town of Tulum.

The Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the office of the attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo on Mexico’s Caribbean coast both told NBC News that no indications of a struggle or crime were found on the bodies or in the condominium where the Sharp family was staying.

“So far, no signs of violence have been found,” said Paulina Chávez Alonzo, spokeswoman for the embassy.

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Cancún: from tourist beach paradise to hotbed of Mexico’s drug violence

The murder of an alleged cartel boss in his hospital bed is the latest outrage in a resort city torn by trafficking and corruption.

The Playamed hospital is an unremarkable two-storey building on a quiet street lined with red-blossomed flame trees, just a few minutes’ drive from the white-sand beaches and all-inclusive resorts of Cancún’s hotel zone.

Recently, however, it was the setting for an incident underlining the relentless spread of Mexico’s drug war to cities previously best known as beach holiday destinations.

Four gunmen burst into a private room at the clinic last week, where they shot dead Alfonso Contreras Espinoza and his wife. Known as “El Poncho”, the murdered man was reputed to be the local boss for the Gulf cartel, and had been released from a local prison to receive treatment for a leg problem.

Investigators discovered a bag of white powder under his leg and a scale, suggesting that Contreras had been dealing from his sickbed.

On a recent morning, hospital officials declined to comment on the brazen attack. Paramedics standing in the shade outside looked away or stared into their smartphones when asked about the incident.

Not so long ago, Cancún sparkled as the crown jewel of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. But rampant corruption, chaotic development and a string of murders have all tarnished the resort city’s reputation.

From glamour to gunfire: the tourist city of Acapulco torn apart by violence Other tourist hotspots have also been caught in Mexico’s red tide: Acapulco, once the country’s most glamorous beach spot, is now the setting for relentless gang violence; late last year, the bodies of six men were left hanging from bridges near Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula.

Earlier this month, a Mexican thinktank named Los Cabos the world’s most dangerous city outside a war zone.

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7.2M Earthquake Slams South, Central Mexico

Mexican leaders were assessing the damage left by the massive earthquake that rocked Mexico City and neighboring states to the south Friday evening.

Scientists said the temblor that hit the epicenter near Pinotepa in Oaxaca was a magnitude 7.2 quake.

No deaths were reported Friday, with structures incurring most of the damage. It’s a marked difference from an earthquake in September that left over 300 people dead. That quake was 7.1 in magnitude.

 

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Gunmen kill 6, wound 14 at cockfight club in northern Mexico.

Gunmen shot up a clandestine cockfight arena in the Chihuahua state capital, killing six people and wounding 14.

The state prosecutor’s office says in a statement that several masked attackers fired at people gathered at the “Santa Maria” cockfight club late Saturday off a highway on the southern edge of Chihuahua city.

Prosecutors said Sunday that four victims were killed at the scene and two more died while receiving medical treatment. Two children ages 7 and 10 were among the wounded

U.S. issues its highest ‘Do Not Travel’ warning for 5 Mexican States

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning advising Americans to avoid five states in Mexico, putting the regions at the same level of danger as war-torn Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

The level 4 “do not travel risk is the highest warning and applies to the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, and Tamaulipas on the eastern Gulf.

Gun battle erupts outside Mexican beach resort – 11 dead

The aftermath of a gunfight on the outskirts of the Mexican seaside resort of Acapulco that pit residents of a small town against members of a local, self-appointed community police force has left 11 dead, state officials said on Sunday.

Mexico: Six bodies hung from bridges

Four bodies were found in the municipality of Los Cabos, the other two near the state capital of La Paz.

The bodies were found suspended from three bridges located near the two main international airports and the highways leading to the popular beach resort of Cabo San Lucas.

Authorities have not released the identities of the deceased nor said who they believe to be responsible for the deaths.

 

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Mexico City: Anarchist homemade blast bomb explosion

Explosive Attack Against the Heroic Military Academy by Ocotl Anarchist Group / FAI